Blog Archives: June 2013

Learning to Trust

June 30, 2013
Susan LaSante
Lord, you know I am broken, please give me strength to serve you.  I know going back to the surgical ward for rounds is of you.  Thank you for sending me with Pastor Bryan. His compassion and presence strengthens me.  I feel like I am supposed to be the strong American with her act together but yet I am weak.  I am so grateful that Bryan wanted to come back to the house during our break.  I am counting on you, Lord, to give me strength so I can be available for the works you have prepared for me.  I feel so inadequate.  I guess this is good ...

Home Visits, But So Much More

June 29, 2013
Steve Story
While in Kenya, we get the opportunity to make home visits, accompanied by counselors from Holy Family Centre (HFC), who check up on patients, and provide food and emotional and spiritual support. Ruthie Rand and I went on home visits together with Nancy from HFC. We had the privilege of being Christ's hands and feet, merely for a few hours, as we talked with, and prayed for, Leah and Rose and Carol. God  also exposed us to several of his local faith heroes - to Nancy, HFC counselor who visits often desperately sick people, 4 out of 5 days a ...

A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance

June 28, 2013
Bryan Smith
Hannah was a young wife, married since last November. In January, she suffered a miscarriage. And now, she was back in the maternity ward of Nazareth Hospital, suffering through her second miscarriage. When I walked into her room yesterday morning and stood at her bedside, I was overcome by her deep grief and sadness. This young woman was dwelling in a  land of deep darkness. After telling her how sorry I was for her loss, I asked her if she knew the story of Hannah in the Bible. The biblical Hannah was also a young woman who was t ...

Mothers' Prayers Everywhere

June 27, 2013
Hunter Johnston
During this pilgrimage, Susan and I are privileged with the opportunity to explore the education of our Joy Village children.  On our first day, we found ourselves driving through the rolling hills of rural Kenya to visit a few of their schools out in their small village.  As I looked out the passenger window of a humble car, I saw ordinary scenes of African life.  Mommas were walking their distant journeys, barefoot alongside their children; carrying heavy burdens both in their hearts and arms.  It’s a life so strikingly uncommon to mine. ...

Going Uphill Can Be So Much Fun

June 26, 2013
Jim Wood
Don’t know why but I would much rather be going up than down; whether it be walking, backpacking, running, my compass points North. So this Sunday’s Joy Village field trip was right up my dirt path – a peripatetic journey to a familiar steep hill where, under a blue African sky, I joined twenty-three energetic future Olympians as we raced and raced and raced - all uphill. Bright beautiful faces of childhood, digging deep, heads tucked, leaning in, foot in front of foot, lungs pumping to burst level, exhilarated by the thrill of the chas ...

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